Skip to comments.Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus Issues Statement on University of Alabama-Huntsville Shooting
Posted on 02/28/2010 6:04:46 PM PST by greatdefender
CROTON FALLS, N.Y., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amy Bishop, a mother of four and a Harvard-educated biologist, used a handgun to fatally shoot three fellow biology professors and injure three others during a departmental staff meeting on the University of Alabama-Huntsville campus on Feb. 12. Bishop, the alleged shooter, was upset that she had been denied tenure by the university. No students were involved in the shooting.
In response Andy Pelosi, the Director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, issued the following statement:
"We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and the entire University of Alabama-Huntsville community.
"This tragic incident shows once again that an angry individual with access to a deadly handgun can commit mass murder wherever people gather, in workplaces, shopping malls, churches, schools and yes, universities. This random and horrific attack also demonstrates the futility and irresponsibility of trying to force loaded and concealed handguns onto college campuses as the solution to prevent mass shootings and gun violence. Such a radical policy would risk the safety and security of every faculty member and student on campus on literally a continual basis.
"The gun lobby's predictable response to this rampage killing is to arm students and professors, believing in a mistaken 'wild west' fantasy where carrying loaded handguns results in killing armed perpetrators. Nothing could be further from the truth. The gun lobby conveniently ignores incidents such as in Lakewood, Washington where on Nov. 29, 2009, a gunman massacred four police officers inside a coffee shop even though the officers had loaded handguns on their hips. But the officers were still surprised and overwhelmed by the attacker, Maurice Clemmons. Why does anyone think that untrained students or professors would be better able to stop a rampage shooting than trained security officers?
"The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus calls on lawmakers in states with pending 'guns on campus' bills to immediately withdraw such irresponsible and dangerous legislation.
"In addition, the Campaign is urging colleges and universities to band together to oppose the gun lobby's agenda to force guns on college campuses. To date, more than 120 colleges and universities in 30 states, including the University of Alabama-Huntsville, have joined the campaign.
(See list: http://preview.tinyurl.com/Guns-Off-Campus-List-Schools).
"While school shootings such as the recent attack in Alabama receive a great deal of national attention, such incidents are extremely rare. The fact is that America's educational institutions are among the safest environments for students, faculty, and staff. Much safer than the communities that surround them. A Dept. of Justice study found that 93 percent of violence against students occurs off campus. This is due to the fact that nearly all colleges and universities have policies that prohibit firearms on campus."
SOURCE Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus
They also forgot that Bishop was ALREADY breaking the law having the gun at school. The law really worked well keeping her from carrying didn’t it?
"A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was "obsessed" with President Obama to the point of being off-putting."--Boston Herald, February 15, 2010
'Oddball' portrait of Amy Bishop emerges:
"The woman accused of killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama in Huntsville was a suspect in a 1993 attempted mail bombing, according to a report by The Boston Globe.
The report broke the day after it was learned that Bishop fatally shot her brother in Braintree in 1986.
More than fifteen years ago, Bishop worked with Sylvia Fluckiger at Children's Hospital in Boston.
"I thought she was an odd-ball. Maybe socially a little awkward," Fluckiger said. "I felt she was a little bit sloppy working in the lab. But we were not friends. She came to do her experiments in our lab. I had my stuff to be done. We didn't hang out."
In 1993, Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were reportedly questioned about a mail bomb that was sent to the Newton home of Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Paul Rosenberg.
Colleagues at Children's Hospital were suspicious at the time, because Bishop was apparently angry at Dr. Rosenberg, although no one knew why.
The writer conveniently leaves out the fact that at least one of the police officers in the Maurice Clemmons shooting did manage to return fire and at least wound him.
So should we all stop wearing seatbelts because if we happen drive off a cliff and the car explodes, the seatbelt won’t save us?
Sad but true...the bad people don’t follow the rules....It will only keep guns out of the hands of regular folks....Maybe some of these shootings wouldn’t be Multiple Shootings if other Faculty or Students were armed...
I think - and someone can certainly correct me if I'm off base here - that she was breaking the law when she decided to MURDER four people, including her brother some 25 years ago.
I can see how the left thinks that a prohibition against guns would be effective when a prohibition against murder, doesn't seem to be. /s
Huh? Complete non sequitur.
To borrow a line from Chris Plante, it's brilliant in a sort of demented way. No matter what happens, it's absolute, undeniable proof that we need more gun restrictions.
He/She also leaves out the schools where shooters were stopped by armed students.
Anybody have names? Not exactly something you can look up on Wikipedia.
Can you imagine the media coverage if an American murdered multiple people because she was denied tenure?
See, that's just the difference between Americans and the damn democrats.
It's the Americans who get their voting records published with any crimes they commit, while the damn democrats' identities are quietly swept under the rug!!!!!!!!!!!
No one should have a gun because somebody could go crazy and start shooting people but anyone who wants to carry a gun is too paranoid to be allowed to do so.
What are the chances she’d have even brought the gun had she known there would be, say, a half dozen of them already in the room?
"This tragic incident shows once again that an angry individual with access to a deadly handgun can commit mass murder wherever people gather, in workplaces, shopping malls, churches, schools and yes, universities
Most of those places are unarmed victim zones (UVZs. Well, not churches in Texas, and some other places, and some workplaces (Like gun shops :)) but the rest are UVZ's in pretty much every state.
In this particular case, the school was a UVZ... did the victims a lot of good didn't it?
The response was to increase the general prohibition, and make bringing a gun onto post for so called "legitimate purposes", hunting and target practice, even more difficult, including requiring all such guns to be registered with the post authorities, whether stored off or on post. Plus they added the requirement that each time such a registered firearm is brought onto post, the gate guards must be notified.
Of course none of the new rules would have stopped Major Hasan from carrying out his Jihad, but they were "Doing Something".
She's a nut, she very well still might have attempted the same act. But, it's highly unlikely she'd have completed as much of it, and just as unlikely she'd have been perp walked away and had her mug shot taken in a "bullet proof" vest. More likely she'd have left feet first. Might have made it to the hospital, even though she'd have lower priority than her victims, or she might not have.
Guns in "good guy" hands serve as both deterrent and response tool, should deterrence fail.
If only they had a rule against taking guns to campus, Amy Bishop wouldn’t have broken the law against murder and killed her co-workers. Ummmm, yeah.. sure.